Januzaj revels in return to Manchester United starting XI

The Belgian had not started a Premier League game since November but is now hoping to nail down a regular berth in Louis van Gaal’s line-up

Adnan Januzaj has shared his delight at returning to the Manchester United starting XI in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Leicester City.

The Belgian starlet completed the full 90 minutes for only the third time in the Premier League this term, and will hope to retain his place for Tuesday’s FA Cup fourth round replay against Cambridge United.

The Red Devils raced into a 3-0 lead before half-time thanks to goals from Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, though conceded late in the second half, and Januzaj was relieved that his fitness held up.

“I haven’t played too much, so it was good to get 90 minutes,” he told MUTV after the victory at Old Trafford, which exacted revenge for September’s 5-3 loss at Leicester.

“I was tired and had cramp in the last 15 minutes, but I knew I had a job to do.

“We played well, especially in the first half. We fought for each other. The second half wasn’t as good, but we’re happy with the result.

“We were good going forward and could have scored more than three goals, but hopefully we can take this into Tuesday night [against Cambridge] and win the game.

“We played at a higher tempo, especially in the first half. We moved the ball quickly and our finishing was also good.

“We went into the break 3-0 up, which was great. Although we should have scored more goals, at least we have the three points and we’re all happy with that.”

Manchester United 3-1 Leicester City: Falcao & Van Persie on target

Louis van Gaal & Co. banished memories of September’s shock 5-3 loss to the newly promoted side with an efficient first-half display at Old Trafford

Manchester United moved up to third in the Premier League table following a routine 3-1 win over Leicester City.

Robin van Persie scored his first goal in over a month to break the deadlock, sprinting onto a long ball over the top to volley past Mark Schwarzer amid suspicions of offside before Radamel Falcao bundled in a second five minutes later.

The game was as good as over just before half-time when Leicester defender Wes Morgan lost his footing and diverted Daley Blind’s header past Schwarzer.

Marcin Wasilewski added a late consolation when he headed home Marc Albrighton’s cross just over 10 minutes from time.

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Zaha: Fergie taught me nothing

The on-loan Crystal Palace winger says he was never tutored by the Scot, making his time at Old Trafford “weird”, though he harbours no resentment towards the club

Wilfried Zaha has revealed that he was never coached by Sir Alex Ferguson, despite being brought to the club by the Manchester United legend.

The 22-year-old appears rejuvenated this season after returning to former club Crystal Palace on a season-long loan but has spoken out about his time at United.

However, the winger holds no ill-feeling towards Ferguson and remains grateful that the veteran recognised his ability.

Talking to The Sun, Zaha said: “Sir Alex obviously saw something in me and that’s why he brought me back to United. But I never got to be coached by him. I signed and by the time I came back, he had left. That was weird.

“When I saw the news he was retiring, I was thinking ‘What’s going on? Why would he sign me if he knew he was going?’

“But I heard he had his own stuff to do so I can’t really hold that against him.”

Zaha also spoke about the problems he had adjusting to life at Old Trafford in comparison to the time he has spent at Palace.

He added: “I had a lot to deal with living on my own in Manchester. It was lonely, it wasn’t the best.

“There were other players I used to speak to but everyone does their own thing.

“I don’t think anyone really has time to stop and put an arm around you. You just have to get on with it – that’s what I realised.

“It was a bit different for me. At big clubs, you just have to get on with it because there’s no-one to tell you much. I don’t think I was ready for it.

“If you’re not playing, you’re not happy. Sitting at home and watching the team play constantly, you feel like you could do something to help.”

Clement: Bale not leaving Real Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti’s No.2 also played down reports of a move for Raheem Sterling and can see no reason why the Blancos should replace Iker Casillas with David de Gea

Real Madrid assistant coach Paul Clement has rubbished speculation that Gareth Bale is heading for the exit door at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Wales international only joined the Blancos from Tottenham in the summer of 2013, for a world-record fee of €100 million.

However, it has been rumoured that Madrid have become increasingly concerned by the winger’s form and fitness, while there have also been claims that Bale is unsettled in the Spanish capital.

Clement, though, says that Bale is going nowhere and that the 24-year-old has a key role to play in the coming years.

“I don’t know where the speculation has come from,” he is quoted as saying by AS. “I have a really good relationship with Gareth, we talk daily and he has never told me in any conversation that he is unhappy or that he is planning to return [to England].

“He has signed a long contract with Madrid [until 2019] and I see him playing a big part in the future of the club over the next four or five years.

“There will always be speculation, if not around Bale, then Cristiano Ronaldo and whether he will return to Manchester or end his career in Madrid.

“This is the nature of the game at a big club like Madrid.”

There has also been talk in the Spanish capital of a move for Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling but Clement says head coach Carlo Ancelotti is not pushing for any major signings.

“As far as I know, the club and the coach are happy with the current squad, which is not huge but has great quality, so there are no plans to bring in players,” he added.

Iker Casillas’ status as Madrid’s first-choice goalkeeper remains a top of much debate, with the European champions being repeatedly linked with Manchester United shot-stopper David de Gea, but Clement does not think their captain needs replacing.

“I do not think Iker is old for a goalkeeper,” he stated. “If you look after yourself, you can play until you’re 40.

“Iker has been here a long time and is a legend for everything he has achieved with the club and the Spanish national team.”

Pogba sends rumour mill spinning with Spanish revelation

PSG, Manchester United and Chelsea are all keen on signing the Frenchman but has the 21-year-old hinted he wants to continue his career in La Liga?

Real Madrid’s hopes of winning the race to sign Paul Pogba have been boosted by the revelation that the Juventus star is learning Spanish.

The France international, 21, is under contract with the Scudetto holders until 2019 but the midfielder’s agent announced on Friday that he expects Pogba to depart Turin inside the next 18 months.

Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Chelsea have all been linked with a €100 million move for the midfielder but, if Pogba’s latest comments are a hint towards his destination, then it looks like his future might lie in La Liga.

“I’m very happy in Turin,” the 21-year-old told ‘Filo Diretto‘ on JTV. “It’s a perfect city.

“I love to live every day to the fullest. When I’m not busy with the team, I like to watch television or go out with my friends, Juve full-back Patrice Evra and forward Fernando Llorente.

“It’s thanks to Llorente that I’m learning Spanish.”

Pogba has gone from strength-to-strength since joining Juve from Manchester United in the summer of 2012, winning two Serie A titles as well as the award for the best young player at last year’s World Cup.